Sheed joining the Celtics make them the NBA's scariest team in 09-10.

Sheed joining the Celtics make them the NBA's scariest team in 09-10.

The rich are getting richer in the NBA as the current powers reload for the 2009-10 season. With many of the big free agent signings done, it feels safe to identify the six teams with a legitimate shot at the 2009-10 crown.

1.) Boston Celtics

With a healthy Kevin Garnett and the addition of Rasheed Wallace, the Celtics are the NBA’s strongest team. The starting five of Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Wallace, and Garnett is ridiculous. There are only two things that can stop the Celtics from winning the East: injuries … and if Shaq finds the fountain of youth in Cleveland.

2.) LA Lakers

The defending champions will have to work to keep Lamar Odom in LA, but if they do it’s hard not to imagine they won’t return to the Finals. With Pau Gasol down low and Ron Artest joining Kobe Bryant, the Lakers will be very scary.

3.) Cleveland Cavaliers

Shaq is coming to Cleveland which is bad news for the rest of the East. LeBron James is improving by the minute, and a motivated and healthy Shaq could get the Cavs over the hump.

4.) San Antonio Spurs

In true Spurs style, the team has quietly reloaded for the 2009-10 season. Think about this starting lineup … Tony Parker, Manu Ganobili, Richard Jefferson, Tim Duncan, and … um … alright, so they have a weakness. But, they also quietly got Pittsburgh bruiser DeJuan Blair with the 37th pick. Perfect fit.

5.) Orlando Magic

The Magic were unable to hang onto Hedu Turkoglu – who will sign with the Raptors – but the defending Eastern Conference champs didn’t waste any time filling the gap by trading for Vince Carter. The Magic will still have a solid starting five, but lost some valuable depth in the Carter deal with Courtney Lee, Rafer Alston, and Tony Battie departing.

6.) Denver Nuggets

The Nuggets won’t lose much to free agency and the chemistry between Chauncey Billups and Carmelo Anthony will only get better. Denver also made a good move to make a trade for UNC point guard Ty Lawson, who will be a nice backup for Billups. Anthony’s game is peaking and Denver showed signs of being a real contender last season.

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